The Legend of Jesse James (TV series)

The Legend of Jesse James is an American western series starring Christopher Jones in the title role of notorious outlaw Jesse James. The series aired on ABC from September 13, 1965, to May 9, 1966. Allen Case joined Jones as Jesse's brother, Frank James.

The Legend of Jesse James
Christopher Jones as Jesse James
StarringChristopher Jones
Allen Case
Ann Doran
Robert J. Wilke
John Milford
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes34
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 mins.
Production company(s)20th Century-Fox Television
Distributor20th Century-Fox Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1965 (1965-09-13) 
May 9, 1966 (1966-05-09)


The series portrays James as a 19th-century Robin Hood in Missouri, who robbed trains and banks to repay local residents whose property had been confiscated by railroad barons or greedy Northern bankers. The series depicts the barons as demanding that Mrs. James sell them her ranch.

Other cast members included Ann Doran as Zerelda James Samuel, the mother of Jesse and Frank James; Robert J. Wilke as Marshal Sam Corbett, the lawman who vainly pursued the Jameses; John Milford as Cole Younger, a member of the gang who served a long prison sentence, and David Richards as Jim Younger, Cole's brother.[1]

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Production notes

The Legend of Jesse James was created by Samuel Peeples for 20th Century Fox Television. It was filmed at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California.

The series aired on Monday at 8:30 Eastern time after ABC's 12 O'Clock High military series. It faced tough competition: Lucille Ball's The Lucy Show on CBS and Richard Chamberlain's Dr. Kildare medical drama on NBC.[2]


The TV series was adapted into a comic strip by Dan Spiegle, distributed by Gold Key Comics. [3]


  1. Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., pp. 474-475
  2. 1965-1966 American network television schedule, in appendix of Total Television
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